As of 1 May 2004, many licensors and licensees of patents, know-how and computer software in Europe will need to step up their efforts to ensure that they comply with European competition law. Companies without significant market power will enjoy greater flexibility than in the past to tailor licenses to their particular needs. But companies which license competitors or which have market power need to review their market position and licenses more carefully and more frequently.


Antitrust and Trade Regulation

Date of this Version

May 2004